“on my back,” a poem written by Sheri Lynn, is based on and dedicated to the Women’s March for Reproductive Rights that took place on October 2, 2021.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, tens of thousands of protesters gathered, rallied and marched to express their support for Roe v. Wade and their opposition to a recent onslaught of abortion restrictions.
From Texas to New Jersey to California to D.C., here are some of our favorite signs, marches and protesters who showed up in 650 locations in all 50 states. They paint the picture of a multi-generational, diverse coalition that is dissatisfied with current anti-abortion lawmakers; anxious to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law; and fired up for next year’s midterm elections.
The movement for reproductive rights has long been led by a multiracial, multiethnic collective of women. The vast majority of passionate activists are women.
But men have a vital role to play as well.
In a year defined by unprecedented political and social tension, coupled with inequality exacerbated by COVID-19, it’s even more important that we take joy in the little things.
That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite posters spotted at protests this year. They represent the best in our ever-evolving society: resilience, empathy, courage and hope.
Women across the U.S. took to the streets following Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings last week, protesting her rushed nomination and honoring the legacy of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
I march because I know that every single action and every single voice in this movement counts. I march as an ally to and in solidarity with the collective force fighting for our freedom and human rights. I march because I don’t have a choice—because our planet is burning, war is imminent and women are still being silenced for fighting for our rights.
The 2020 Women’s March in Los Angeles will mark the beginning of an entire year of civic engagement and activism led by Emi Guereca, who organized the 2017 LA Women’s March and each subsequent event and launched the non-profit Women’s March Foundation in 2017 to extend its mission.
Wherever they’re being held—in Washington, D.C., or Anchorage, Alaska—let’s encourage men to march for gender equity, and to transform manhood.
What talent are we losing in our country’s business, security or political leadership by forcing young women to make impossible choices between work and family?
Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment goes beyond a matter of principle. It would also offer a host of legal remedies to gender-based disparities, including discrimination in the workplace and the injustices that face survivors in our rape culture—and it would be a major boon to the emerging movement for menstrual equity.